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to the latest pew poll if the election were held today, 49% of likely voters would support mitt romney to just 45% for president obama. the president led romney by eight points in that same poll just under a month ago. we'll have more on that a little later in the program. mitt romney may have been hoping to widen that lead with a much anticipated speech at the virginia military institute today that articulated his approach on foreign policy, focusing primarily on u.s. relations in the middle east. the g.o.p. contender portrayed the president as naive in his dealings with our enemies inand enempty with our friends. >> i know the president hopes for a safer freer and more prosperous middle east applied with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. >> eliot: romney went on to explain what he would do to assert american leadership. >> romney: i'll put the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and
. the latest polls have romney neck and neck with obama. >> which polls are the pundits' favorite? >> before the debate the majority were leaning toward pew and gallup, but look what happened last week, a massive swing. >> in7-eleven cull polls obama is up 20 points. >> the poll is polling well among pundits who no longer give a. [ bleep ] >> i call my was bias on 7-eleven. they have a margin plus and minus of mormons who cannot drink coffee. >> while "the new york times" cbs is now gaining traction relative to the daily host upp automated robo poll. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> all this stuff i that is taught about evolution the big bang theory, all of that is straight from the pit of hell. >> how old do you think this rock is? >> i'm more interested in the rock of ages than the age of rock. >> there is scientific data that i found out that actually show that this is really a young earth. i don't believe that earth is but about 9,000 years old. >> i do not think about things like things i do not think about. >> participating--well, let's see what have we got here. we have teleprompter stuff that ma
differently. >> eliot: it's the pew poll that rattled the political ward. mitt romney's four-point advantage over likely voters nationwide in the wake of president obama's dismal performance in denver. did obama just throw the entire election away lamented i have never seen a candidate self-destruct for no external reason this late in a campaign before. i'm trying to see a silver lining, but when the opponent shines with lies and smiles, and a record of people watch, it's hard to see how the it would bent the party. challengers also generally profit from the first debate in eight of the ten election cycles since 1976 the polls moved against the incumbent and a net gain of two or three percentage points for the challenger is a reasonable typical figure. do i deticket that--detect that this is a big panic and charles pierce author of "idiot in america" thank you for joining us. >> thankthank you for having me. >> eliot: is this panic time or should people chill out and relax a little bit. >> it's time for concern obviously because there is a triple number, while it's not as graphic as the pew
in this area of abortion and women's rights. it has not come up that much, and then after after the polls after the debate mitt romney made up a huge amount of ground among women. why are they not focusing more on women especially with a woman moderating the debate last night. >> i was frustrated last week at the presidential debates that obama and the democrats, and obama's campaign has been making a full-throated pitch to women on reproductive rights by pointing out extreme the house republicans have been from which paul ryan comes. how extreme the republican main treatment is on the issue of women's bodies. but obama missed a chance to bring it up last week. he could have made a direct pitch. because he seemed uninspired over all he allowed romney to fill the gaps. the last thing that they want to do the last thing that the republicans want to do is bring up quote/unquote women issues which they like to call life issues because they see women as incubators. although i was frustrated that it was brought up as a religious question biden made this about first amendment the separation of church
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